Corowa rowers achieved great results after attending the Nagambie regatta on Sunday.
The event leads into the Victorian State Championships on Saturday-Sunday, March 2-3 at the same venue.
The regatta was a great opportunity for our youngest members to race over the 1,000m course for the first time.
First up was the experienced double scull combination of Julie Underwood and Susie Scott in the C Grade double scull.
In a class field, the crew rowed well to finish third in the heat and a place in the final. In a tight battle the crew kept pace early and settled well to finish in fourth place.
Emily Tidd took on the challenge of rowing her first 1,000m in the D Grade single scull. With 31 scullers entered only first moved into the final.
Emily rowed a great race to finish third, gaining much-needed race experience. Will Julian was entered in the D Grade single leading all the way to take the win and move into the final.
A field of six scullers lined up for the final and Will held his own to finish in fifth place.
Jayden Collier was rowing over the full 2,000m course in the Under 19 single scull. Jayden rowed well in the heat to finish third and gain a place in the final where he again finished in third place.
Corowa had a male and female Under 15 quad entered and with no other entries, the crews raced each other. The crews consisted of Emily Price, Emily Tidd, Clancy Tomlinson, Sommers Hogan Cox and Aleisha Price up against Spencer Holland, Brodie Julian, Lachie Hogan, Marcus Maclean and Cox Addlyn Holland.
Both crews rowed a fantastic race with the boys holding off the fast finishing girls crew by 1.5 boat lengths.
The D Grade females were up next with two crews entered; Claire MacDonald and Tamasin Burch and the crew of Grietje and Liz.
Both crews qualified for the final in another confidence building race. Claire and Tamasin finished fourth while Grietje and Liz finished in fifth place.
One of the club’s hardest trainers Julie Underwood was In the C Grade single and in a well-controlled heat led all the way to take the win and a place in the final.
The final featured an ex-Australian rower who Julie had never beaten before but she was up for the challenge. Julie took a slight lead before she made her move at the 500m mark.
Working hard to the line she took out a confidence-building win. The club had two female quad sculls entered in Claire, Emily Todd, EmilyPrice and Jasmine Budic for her first regatta Cox Addlyn and Susie, Grietje, Tamasin, Liz Sandow Cox Aleisha Price.
With a large field and three heats, top two moved into the final. Both crews rowed well finishing fourth but gained valuable racing experience.
The male D Grade quad featured Jayden, Alex Schulz, Will and Cameron Budic and Cox Imogen Tomlinson.
The crew rowed well together for their first time to win their heat. The final featured six quads as the Corowa crew got out well to take a slight lead.
The crew got better as the race went on and really found their rhythm to record a great win.
The Under 15 male and female single sculls featured Spencer and Emily Price over the 1,000m course.
Both scullers got a lot out of the race to finish third in the final. Corowa had two male Under 15 doubles with Lachie and Marcus teaming up against Spencer and Brodie.
Both doubles rowed well over the course with Spencer and Brodie taking the win.
One of the best rows was the Under 15 female double featuring Clancy Tomlinson and Sommers Hogan.
The girls were up against a much bigger crew from Hawthorn as the Corowa girls never gave in.
As the Corowa girls made a push with 250m to go the Hawthorn combination felt the pressure missing a few strokes allowing the Corowa crew to make their move and take the lead, recording a great win.
The final race for the day was Julie in the A Grade single over the full 2,000m course – a real challenge but one Julie has been training for.
With a quality field Julie made the leaders work hard as she finished strongly in third place.
The regatta was a great success for our rowers and their families, gaining race experience in preparation for the Victorian State Championships.
The club is off to Penrith for the NSW State Championships as Amy Underwood continues her push for selection in the Victorian Lightweight quad scull at the Nationals.
Amy is entered in the Lightweight Under 23 single and double and the open age Lightweight Quad scull. Another top showing will assist Amy to achieve her selection goal.